Summit Background, Guidelines & Logistics


Commercial & Public Sector

As the energy industry shifts from centralized to distributed generation, microgrids can enable optimal cooperation among DERS due to improving technical capabilities.
Integrating multiple generation sources such as solar, wind, battery, and cogeneration, is becoming more efficient through advancements in controller systems, data analytics that utilize machine-learning capabilities, improved energy storage, distributed ledgers and transactive energy methodologies, to name a few.

A report released in November 2017, by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate.
But the supporting business models and regulatory frameworks are still evolving to support this transition.

Given the diversity of markets and customers, it's reasonable to expect that no one model will win out however to move forward, regulations and business models need to account for the shift in capital away from large central assets to small distributed assets.

Department of Defense

For the U.S. Department of Defense, there is the ambitious goal of creating 14 day energy independence, requiring microgrids to improve efficiency and reliability. Challenged with meeting the mission critical needs not only of it’s installations and bases, the military faces the ever changing tactical environment as well where microgrids must operate with complete resilience and security. Navigant Research, released a report on October 31, 2017 predicting a strong increase in spending on military microgrids. The report, called “Military Microgrids”, forecasts that Department of Defense (DoD) spending on microgrids and microgrid implementation will grow from $453.4 million in 2017 to $1.4 billion in 2026.

DoD Summit Guidelines for DoD & Federal Employees:

  • RSC's meetings are open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and are considered a compliant education and training forum.
  • RSC's Summit provide a forum for Military Services, OSD, and federal agencies to address and improve current mission critical needs and initiatives, meet with and hear from public and private organizations, disseminate vital capability needs to industry, and engage in senior level dialogue with all in attendance while increasing visibility within the larger community.
  • The majority or our meetings are open to US CITIZENS and NATO CITIZENS only
  • RSC meetings are compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines as a “NO-COST to the DoD” meeting.
  • Pricing voluntarily follows: Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, Standards of Conduct Office: SOCO ADVISORY 09-03: 7.(a)

The Summit will be hosted at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center

701 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA

Located less than 5 minutes from Reagan Airport and 10 minutes from D.C.  with easy access to public transportation and taxi services

**Complimentary WIFI will be provided to all attendees and there is a full business center that attendees will have access to throughout the Summit.

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 Beautifully located on the Potomac River, just a few blocks to the vibrant "Old Town" of Alexandria.


Visit Old Town Alexandria

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Hotel Rooms:

Historic King Street in Old Town is 10 blocks south of the Learning Center. You can walk or take a taxi. If staying on or near King street we recommend staying as far east,closest to the river.  The Learning Center is on the river, north of King street.

While we do not endorse or have a discounted rate with any hotels on/near King street, this Marriott hotel deserves mention according to its location, price and reviews:

The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection

We have a discounted rate at a Sheraton Suites, two walking blocks from the Learning Center ($189 per night). It is a more residential area but there are several cafes, restaurants, grocery stores all within two blocks.

Please identify that you are with Defense Strategies Institute, our sister organization, to receive your discount or use the following links:


801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

(Two walking blocks from the Mary M. Gates Learning Center.)

When booking hotel accommodations please first select the dates you would like to reserve, click the Special Rates tab and Select “Corporate/Promo” then enter the code 428957.